I think it depends on where you live now on whether or not it will be an improvement. I don't think Bakersfield is a "great" place to live - gets super hot in the summer and isn't that pretty. There is a big prison there that employs a lot of people. Its pretty close to some nice camping areas though. I do believe people can be happy anywhere if they are with the ones they love so that part is up to you. Would be ideal if you could visit there before deciding.